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If you already have a Library card we can swap it for a Special Collections card when you visit the Library.
You'll need to bring in two forms of identification to upgrade to a Special Collections card.
Enter RB* or SC* in the call number field to search the whole Rare Books collection or enter INC* to search for the incunabula.
You can also limit your search to a specific Special Collection by using the below call numbers:
Don’t forget to include an asterisk(*) in your search.
We recommend requesting material before visiting as you may need permission or an appointment to view the material, and some items are now stored offsite and can take up to 4 days to be transferred to the Library.
If you’re at the Library you can request material by completing a stack request slip. Give the completed slip to staff at the Special Collections desk.
You can request an item up to 7 working days in advance. It’s okay if you don't have a Special Collections card — just sign up for a Library card and we’ll swap it for a Special Collections card when you visit. But make sure to bring two forms of identification to get a Special Collections card.
We’ll get back to you within 4 working days about your request.
Visit the Special Collections area to view and use material from the rare books collections.
We may provide you with a microfilm or digital copy rather than the original. This is to protect and preserve the original copy.
The Special Collections area is a dedicated space to use original material and rare printed material from the Library's collections.
Find the Special Collections area at the southern end of the Mitchell Library Reading Room. The Special Collections area is closed on Sundays.